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Wednesday, 27 February 1952

Mr Ward d asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has the National Security Resources Board completed its task of classifying Australian industry?

2.   If so, when is it proposed to make known the particular industries (o) which the board regards as essential to defence; (6) which are to be restricted in their operations; and (c) which have been declared to be nonessential and doomed to destruction?

Mr Menzies - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : - 1 *and 2, The honorable member appears to be under some misapprehension as to the functions and activities of the National Security Resources Board. The board, under its terms of reference, is required to examine our civil and military resources and needs, and make such recommendations to the Government as may be. necessary to ensure effective planning and priorities for the best use of Australian resources in the interests of national security. In discharging this function the board has from time to time afforded guidance on industrial priorities to the Capital Issues Board and the authorities responsible for the placement of immigrant labour. It has not however recommended the restriction or closing dow.n of particular industries and is not engaged upon any classification of Australian industry for such a purpose, as the honorable member appears to imagine.

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